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Are addicts made or born?


Meth
Phobia
Are Addicts Made or Born?
Ever since I found out that recoveringfreak was using I have been trying to educate myself endlessly about addicts and their addictions - to meth and to whatever else that one could be addicted to.

However, in this learning process more and more questions surface...the burning question I have now is...

"Are Addicts Made or Born?"

Would anyone like to comment?...will the answer differ depending on which side of the fence you're on - whether you're an addict/recovering addict vs. the loved ones of an addict/recovering addict?
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Sfj Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
Both.
eyes
open83
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
born in my opinion...
why can some people use drugs heavily and never become addicted and others are addicted very quickly?
1lave
me
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I speak for myself only I believe I was born with it because in my mother's and father's families there has been some kind of substance abuse. within my own family siblings have had their share some type of substance abuse.
inkolb Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
i truly believe we are born. my first encounter with drugs was when i was 3 years old. i took a whole bottle of baby aspirins and had to be rushed to the hospital. now i really don't know for sure if that was my start but my sisters were with me and could have helped me take those pills but they said no way. why did i do it and why have i led a whole life of drug abuse of some sort.
Time4
Change
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I think I agree with Sfj Both.

I think some people are born with an addictive personality. I think some learn by their parents and what they grew up with and others I think are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and are curious. Others I think do it to fit in and in time become addicted.

I think there are many paths to he||.
kmb
2006
Re: Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I believe that addiction in an inherited trait. I am an addict who has never used. I never drank or used because I knew how easily I could become addicted. I watched my mom crawl into a bottle of vodka and never come out.
small
town
GIRL
Re: Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I saw a therapist on Monday and she wanted to know my history. She told me ie alcohol / drug addictions are in your genes and you inherit them. But she also said it could skip a generation.
scared
ma
Re: Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I think both. I know I personally have a very addictive personality. I never drank or used drugs because I knew it took me just a matter of days to become addicted to smoking cigarettes. I still smoke and have for 34 years. I knew better than to try anything else. I have a long history in my family of alcoholism. My son's (meth addict) dad has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse.
boys
36
Re: Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
WOW inkolb I did the same thing you did but I was only 2. My Mom was on the phone and had left the top off the baby aspirins. I liked the way they tasted ( those great tasting orange ones) and when she got off the phone I told her I was all better now and showed her the empty bottle. I had to go to the ER and get my stomach pumped. It must have made some kind of impression on me cause I never touched drugs again. My daughter is an addict. She never even wanted to take a Tylenol when she had a headache but when she turned 16 she used every drug she could get her hands on. So I still don't know the answer to that question...... was she born an addict or made one?????
Tender
hearts
KS
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
Well, I'm a recovering addict, was married to an active addict, and have a child who is an active addict. I think it's a combination of both. That being said, it's really irrelevant to me how I 'became' an addict. I am what I am, and am grateful for where I am at today 

Meth
Phobia
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
Hhmmm...

This is really a tough one...the only reason why I posted this was to try and understand the psyche of an addict...personally I have not been addicted to anything in my life and I've had my fair share of:

"You will never understand...you don't drink"
"You don't get it because you've never tried it (dope)"

To me, and I speak for myself only, addictions mean letting something else consume you - take over and control your life such that you end up living, thinking and breathing the addiction...

And this seems to be a choice that a person should be able to make...to use or not to use.

But from what I understand so far...the addicts point of view seem to be that they lack this ability to make this decision...that when they become addicted its not a choice that they made...

I too tend to believe more and more now that and addicts psyche is somewhat different from a non-addict...that the way the brain functions is somewhat different...you can't make someone addicted to something if they don't have that 'addictive bug' to start off with.

However, I don't think that its hereditary in any way because that doesn't quite make sense.

If addicts are made - trained or taught to become addicts then it seems to me that they can be 'un-made' - retrain or re-teach...

But if they were born...I guess the battle becomes even harder...

I'm getting confused myself trying to sort this out...but thanks to everyone who replied for your valuable input...I'll keep trying to figure this one out and many more questions I have...

My only aim is to understand so that I know how to deal with my beloved hubby...because I married an addict and I want HIM to win the battle against all his addictions...

But how???...there seems to be no one solution...but I'll keep searching for one that will work so we keep our family united against the evils of addictions in general...
scared
ma
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
Tenderheart, you are right. The reason is not important. What you are today is.
Tender
hearts
KS
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
Quote:
My only aim is to understand so that I know how to deal with my beloved hubby...because I married an addict and I want HIM to win the battle against all his addictions...

But how???...there seems to be no one solution...but I'll keep searching for one that will work so we keep our family united against the evils of addictions in general...

He's the only one who can win the battle against his addictions. You are looking for a 'pat' answer to a complex disease. It doesn't exist.

The best way you can 'help' anyone is to be true to yourself, to work on yourself, to love yourself and be the best person you can be.

Can you be supportive in his recovery? Absolutely. But you can't do it 'for' him.

forget
suzette
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
made.......unless your mom was addicted when you were born.

If I never did meth, I wouldn't be an addict.
...I wouldn't have "the other me" ...I'd just be me.
25 years
but no
more
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
A little of both. I do believe that if our parents were addicts that there is a more likely chance that we will be addicts. Your life experiences make you the person that you are today.
forget
suzette
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?

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A little of both. I do believe that if our parents were addicts that there is a more likely chance that we will be addicts. Your life experiences make you the person that you are today.
ok......that covered "made" how do you get "born" out of that?  you think people are born to be addicts?..........it's always YOUR choice.  if you never pick up, you'll never be an addict.  just a discussion.
.....show me the way, how are you born an addict?.....besides, the mother being addicted when you were born.

I've come to realize......the object of this game is to go thru life and not acquire a need for anything.  the less you need, the richer you are........anyone can achieve that, we all have the same chance to choose I think.
Meth
Phobia
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
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..........it's always YOUR choice.
if you never pick up, you'll never be an addict
After a night of endless thinking I am inclined to believe this sentence of yours suzie...

That EVERYONE has a choice...it doesn't matter whether you are born or made an addict...
Regardless of born or made...you were presented with a choice - to be addicted or not.
But this line of thinking then leads me to feel that this might then be a matter of willpower?
Which means to say that an addict might have a weaker will power - to allow their lives to be controlled by their addictions...

I know I might get blasted for this...but its just a thought...I'm still in the process of rationalizing...

Hmmmm
sickand
tired77
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
I say both.

While some people are born with a genetic predisposition toward developing chemical dependencies, it takes using those substances to launch an active addiction. 
forget
suzette
Re: Are Addicts Made or Born?
can someone please explain being BORN an addict?.....how? ..........how are you BORN a fuking addict?

I'm turning this one over and over and I just don't see how you can pop out of your mom a drug addict.

you mean destiny?.....you mean if your parents use?
that's all LEARNED behavior and your CHOICE.   right?
this is driving me nuts!  how?  I was not an addict when I was born.

i
I WAS NOT BORN AN ADDICT!
......BUT I WILL PUT MY ADDICTION UP AGAINST THE BADDDEST OF THE BAD.....I'M AN ADDICT NOW! A BIG ONE.

....could some one explain being born an addict to me please?

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Which means to say that an addict might have a weaker will power - to allow their lives to be controlled by their addictions...

I'm very willful......but so is meth. meth made me imbalanced without it.
....I don't "just wanna use" and use for kicks...(well..heh, maybe a little)
I wasn't functional with or without it....but at least with it there's a false sense of well being.

1.it's economic....if I was a rich kid, I would have seen a dr that told me I was ADHD and put me on meds.
...since I wasn't, like a cat finds catnip, or koala bears find leaves, I found meth...at first I got focus from it.

2. mental disorders .......damn near all of us have one.  and 90% were molested....I did a poll on my board...and everyone was molested, but no one thinks drugs were the reason.

3. self image.....fat? shy? lonely?

4. learned behavior.  yes, when I was raised drugs were an accepted form of behavior.  all that is known now wasn't know then.....my parents did coke.
but they stopped, without NA without desire to return after 5 or 7 years.
.....why didn't I do that?  they just decided they were wasting their time and flat stopped, never to return.
I go back again and again.


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Once an addict, always an addict?

Life After Meth


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